Dr. Dana Dachman-Soled’s research interests span cryptography, complexity theory, and technology security. Her interests in cryptography include several methods of securing computer networks and other technological assets, including security against physical attacks, post-quantum cryptography, symmetric key cryptography, secure multiparty computation, and black-box complexity.
Dr. Dachman-Soled received her PhD from Columbia University in 2011, where she was the recipient of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Presidential Fellowship. She then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Microsoft Research New England before joining the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland in August 2013. Dr. Dachman-Soled also holds appointments in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.
Dr. Dachman-Soled is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (2015-2020), a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) (2015-2016), and a Summer 2016 Research and Scholarship (RASA) Award from the Graduate School.
Why is graduate education important?
Graduate education allows you to take the knowledge you have gained in your undergraduate education to the next level. Faculty researchers at UMD are working on cutting-edge research and real-life problems, and pursuing graduate education here allows you to take an active role in these projects. In my field of cybersecurity, for example, we work on real-life problems stemming from new technologies and new paradigms for computation. Such problems include how to secure the Internet of Things—the network of physical objects such as devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items that have the ability to collect and exchange data across networks; or how to secure dynamic memory that is stored in the cloud.
How has the Graduate School and your graduate program supported your efforts?
I was very fortunate to be awarded a Summer 2016 Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) from the Graduate School. This will allow me to dedicate two summer months to a project on ensuring integrity of dynamic data stored in the cloud. My research program has also benefited from teaching a graduate course in cryptography and mentoring two PhD students.
Why did you choose the University of Maryland?
The University of Maryland has a very strong program in cybersecurity. I am part of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, which allows researchers in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering to collaborate together intensively. The university also has a great location near several other universities and government agencies with whom I collaborate.
Why should others choose the University of Maryland?
Students interested in cybersecurity should choose Maryland for the same reasons I picked Maryland! There are great faculty and research opportunities in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, throughout the campus, and in the surrounding metro area.